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Cheney's 'interim' food bank director retires

It's a chilly Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, at the Cheney Food Bank, and volunteers John Matthews and Jerry Stewart have just finished loading 3–4 pre-bagged sacks of groceries into a cart for a...

ADM project would ease truck traffic on First Street

Archer Daniels Midland Agricultural Services has submitted application paperwork and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist information for a proposed project to alleviate truck traffic...

Telling it like it is

Medical Lake's City Administrator Doug Ross only has a long skinny window in his office, but he seems to have a pretty clear picture about what goes on in the town. Tasked with how to best spend the...

Fire, police departments present 2018 budgets

Budget presentations by Cheney's fire and police department chiefs at the Nov. 28 City Council meeting can be summed up in one word - more. More calls, more requirements and more needs for personnel...

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Nov. 27 Devin J. Clark, 20, was arrested on the 100 block of West Third Street for hit and run/attended. Third-degree malicious mischief was reported on the 2000 block of Cheney-Spokane Road. Graffiti was found on the Eastern Washington...

Two Airway Heights City Council members sworn in

At the Dec. 4 Airway Heights City Council meeting, two members were sworn into their positions. The first one was recently elected James (Sonny) Weathers. The second one was Veronica Messing, who was ...

Comedian Carlos Mencia comes to NQR

Comedian Carlos Mencia brings strong comedic intuition and non-stop laughs to Northern Quest Resort & Casino's Pend Oreille Pavilion on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Show time is 7:30 p.m.  Ticket ...

AH meeting turns contentious

There were barely any empty seats at the Nov. 30 Airway Heights Planning Commission meeting as citizens packed the room for the public hearing on rezones around the city. “This is the most people I have ever seen at one of these meetings,”...

Flood-damaged cars could be for sale in Washington

OLYMPIA — While some areas of the country are still reeling from the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, scam artists are now trying to sell flood-damaged vehicles in Washington state. The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance...

News Briefs

Cheney Clothing Exchange in need of winter gear Officials with the Cheney Clothing Exchange say they are seeing more and more homeless individuals using their services and are in need of more items. Volunteer coordinator Connie Oakes said the...

Cheney has 18 named to all-league teams

The following Cheney High School student-athletes have been named to All-Great-Northern-League teams for fall sports. We have included comments from their respective coaches along with the teams for...

Cheney wrestling places sixth at Deer Park Invitational

The Cheney High School wrestling team had its first tournament of the season at the Deer Park Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2. The day ended with a sixth place finish with 115.5 points out of 17 teams participating. The one other Great Northern...

Sports Week

(Note: All schedules subject to change. Consult school or facility websites to confirm.) COLLEGE BASKETBALL Men Thursday. Dec. 7, EWU at U. of San Francisco, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, EWU at South Dakota, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, EWU at Wyoming, 6...

Medical Lake boy's basketball receives surprise visit from 'Down Under'

One team's loss will be another's gain, particularly for the memories of the Medical Lake Cardinal boy's basketball team. When a Greater Spokane League team had to suddenly cancel a game featuring...

Medical Lake boys split opening week basketball contests

Medical Lake's boy's basketball team had the fortune of playing one of the Greater Spokane League's and Australia's best and came away impressing their coach. The Cardinals, coming off a 16-9 season ...

Sports Briefs

MEN’S BASKETBALL Eagles look to mirror past success versus Dons Eastern Washington is looking for a little more magic in the bay area. The Eastern men’s basketball team has been to venerable War Memorial Gym before, and wants to continue the...

Blackhawks open basketball season with split

Cheney High’s boys basketball team is off to a 50-50 start in its 2017-2018 season. The Blackhawks opened with a 63-52 home win over Deer Park on Nov. 28, followed by a 59-50 loss last Saturday, Dec. 2, at Rogers. Third-year head coach Gregg...

Cheney wrestling places sixth at Deer Park Invitational

The Cheney High School wrestling team had its first tournament of the season at the Deer Park Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2. The day ended with a sixth place finish with 115.5 points out of 17 teams participating. The one other Great Northern...

Noble leads Cardinal girls past Shadle

Sophomore Jayda Noble scored 19 points to lead the Medical Lake girls to a 62-29 pounding of Shadle Park Nov. 29 in the season opener for both teams. The Cardinals, who are defending Northeast A League champions and finished with a 20-3 record last...

Eastern broadcaster Larry Weir reaches play-by-play milestone

By a really weird coincidence, Larry Weir now knows he reached a milestone Dec. 3 at KeyArena in Seattle.  The long-time Eastern Washington University radio announcer called his 1,000th Eagle men’s basketball or football game that day, a fact...

Here's to spending on booze, women and movies

It seems to me there used to be a “Bah, humbug” award for people whose comments and/or actions exemplify those from fictional miser Ebenezer Scrooge. If there isn’t such an award, there should be. Either way, I’d like to nominate someone...

'Me Too' testimony can turn innocence into criminality

By FRANK WATSON Contributor The “Me Too” movement appears to be gathering momentum as more and more women come forward and report long ago incidents of sexual misconduct. Currently, the most noteworthy accused is Alabama senatorial candidate...

Both West Plains, Cheney business groups are important

I am a member of both the Cheney Merchant Association and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. All the businesses I have worked for are members of both. The West Plains Chamber is very important if you care about how the Legislature affects your...

Exhibiting 'Appropriate Audience Behavior'

Sometimes the best way to get a point across is to do exactly the opposite of what you intend to say. Such is the premise of Westwood Middle School's first drama production "Appropriate Audience...

Medical Lake school board hears levy plans

The Medical Lake School Board said goodbye to longtime member Kelly Fouts and got introduced to what might lie ahead as far as funding goes at its Nov. 28 meeting. Fouts, who was defeated in the Nov. 7 general election by Leo Spilker, has been a...

Combatting staff shortages in Medical Lake schools

Appropriately, a recent workshop for future substitute teachers in Medical Lake was termed a “boot camp.” That’s because the district continues to fight a battle to fill an ever-decreasing pool of people to fill in for regular classroom...

Three more showings of StageWest's 'A Christmas Carol'

StageWest Community Theater is halfway through its production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” adapted for Readers’ Theatre by Tony Palermo and directed by Kathleen Bell. Only three performances are left, Friday Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.,...

The once mighty emerge from the muck, mud

Looks like the male chauvinist pigs have emerged from their hiding places in the mud. In a series of recent shocking revelations, a seemingly endless march of icons from media, film and politics have slogged their way out of the slop for all to see...

What's Happening On The West Plains

All events are free unless posted otherwise. To get your event or meeting in the weekly What’s Happening section, send an email with date, time, location and event to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Cheney • Dec. 9, Cookie exchange and ornament...

Medical Lake's annual Winter Festival continues to grow

It may be hard to top the 2016 version of the Re*Imagine Christmas Winter Festival in Medical Lake but they'll try. "Last year it was 'cue the snow,'" festival director Terri Cooper said. "People...

Millet speaks at Cheney Congregational Church

Dave Millet, director of the Eastern Washington University Veterans Resource Center, will be the featured speaker at the fourth in a series of Peace in the Cheney Community events. Cheney Congregational Church will host the event following their 10...

Looking Back

10 Years Ago Dec. 6, 2007 Medical Lake’s John Aiken tried his second run at state governor’s office. His first campaign took place in 2004. The Inland Northwest Partners honored Cheney for its planned research and industrial park that would...

West Plains Briefs

Celebrate with Santa at Cheney American Legion Everyone is welcome to Cheney’s American Legion Post No. 72 pictures with Santa Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5–7 p.m. Free pictures with Santa, mac and cheese for the kids and Christmas...

From the archives: 1997

Four-year-old Spencer Jimerson strung together a froot-loop garland to hang around the Christmas tree at the Christmas Family Night at Reid Elementary...

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church This Sunday we are hosting David Millet, director of veterans resources at EWU to speak at our Peace Event following our 10 am Sunday Worship. Mr. Millet will be addressing the reintegration of our service members back...

Medical Lake boy's basketball receives surprise visit from 'Down Under'

One team's loss will be another's gain, particularly for the memories of the Medical Lake Cardinal boy's basketball team. When a Greater Spokane League team had to suddenly cancel a game featuring...

Marie "Eloise" Holt Goodwin

Guy and Winnifred (Lindell) Holt welcomed their baby Eloise on June 16, 1929 at Spokane. Eloise passed away on Nov. 30, 2017 at her home. The family home was near Four Lakes where Eloise lived for 18 ...

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